Green tea and cane syrup kombucha

My Kombucha

March 21, 2015

A few years ago I started making my own kombucha.  Kombucha is very trendy right now, selling for several bucks a bottle at the store, but it’s a very old concoction. Dating back at least B.C., originating somewhere in northern China,(1) many claim kombucha has all sorts of health benefits.   Read more ›

Mexican pickled red onions

Red Onions en Escabeche

March 14, 2015

I like to serve homemade preserved goods with a meal, but this late in winter, my pickle supply is running rather low.  Last week we had a few friends over for a decidedly non-winter meal.  Read more ›

Sunny Meyer Lemon Limoncello

March 1, 2015

I need a heavy dose of sunshine, preferably the kind accompanied by a beach, a tan and a handsome Italian cabana boy asking me what I’d like to drink. Sadly, I’ll have to settle for a sunny bottle of homemade limoncello, a southern Italian lemon liqueur.   Read more ›

Honey Candied Ginger

February 8, 2015

Ginger makes one of my favorite candies. Spicy, chewy and amazing in desserts, I serve candied ginger as an after-dinner treat.  Slices of candied ginger are also delicious at the bottom of your cup of tea or hot chocolate. Read more ›

Browned Butter Buttermilk Pie Crust

February 1, 2015

There are two schools of thought on pie crusts: One is that the crust should be a neutral vessel that adds a little texture and flavor, but otherwise supports the filling. The other thought is that the crust is the real star—flakey, nutty, sweet, salty, spicy—whatever the flavor profile, the filling supports the crust, not the other way around. Read more ›

Cultured Butter

January 23, 2015

My mother got me a classic butter churn for Christmas. Whoopie!  Only problem? I need a cow. (Not to be confused with “having a cow,” as my daughter likes to say.) Every time I make a cultured milk product like yogurt or cheese, I wish for a cow of my own, though I’m not sure the City of Minneapolis will go that far for urban agriculture.  Read more ›

Paneer Cheese

January 17, 2015

Paneer is an acid-set fresh curd cheese made from cows milk that is popular in northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh where milk is a regular part of those cultures.  I made this cheese for the first time in my tiny college kitchen at University of California at Santa Cruz.   Read more ›

Handmade Soaps at Home

December 29, 2014

Domestic arts, homesteading and urban agriculture play a very big roll in the day to day life of me and my family.  In addition to scratch cooking, preserving of all kinds, and making our own beer, we also raise a small flock of backyard chickens, garden extensively and make our own soap.   Read more ›

Grapefruit Infused Gin

December 15, 2014

Grapefruit infused gin is a favorite libation at my house.  It only takes two ingredients and you can make it in 15 minutes.  Citrus fruits are one of the few perks of winter and big juicy grapefruits are popping up all over in the grocery stores right now.   Read more ›

Warm Spice Bacon

November 30, 2014

In the spirit of winter, I’m making a Warm Spice Bacon, flavored with allspice, chiles, coriander, mace, pepper and maple syrup.  Winter came ridiculously early this year in Minnesota, so I’m making bacon to cheer myself up a bit.  Happy holidays to me! Read more ›

Habanero Hellfire Hot Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014

I know, I know.  It’s a little late to be making hot pepper jelly, right?  It’s almost Thanksgiving.  We got a little busy, what with a vacation to New Orleans, winterizing our gardens and chicken coop, and a way-to-early snow fall and hard freeze. Read more ›

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